Inscribed ‘son of Xerxes, son of Darius The Great’
Xerxes (Ahasuerus) Son of Darius in 486 BC, ruled an empire stretching from India to Ethopia. He was assassinated and succeeded by his son Artaxeres (456-424 BC)
Artaxerxes temporarily halted the rebuilding of the Jerusalem (Ezra 4:7-23) and commissioned Ezra to visit the city in 458 BC
Nehemiah is sent 13 years later as his cup bearer (a high ranking officer ) to Jerusalem as civil govenor
The Silver Bowl of Artaxerxesis inscribed: ‘Son of Xerxes, son of Darius’. All three of these kings are mentioned in Ezra 4.
During the course of Nehemiah’s duties to the king, he could have handled this silverware.